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Most Los Angelians know Mike Brillstein as a legend. Whether consciously or not, anyone who’s ever been to a club where any good music was played has likely, nay definitely vibed out to one of Mike’s sets. With fine taste and a penchant for house music, he’s finally made a serious foray into the production world with his new alter ego “Brillstein“. After his two collaborations with Jesse Rose last year, he’s venturing off on his own with a six-track mini EP, Back To Bed, which sees its initial release on Play It Down next week.

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The SLO-based duo TastyTreat jump back in the limelight with their new original ‘Nobody Else’ – a melodic bass driven jam that gives off spacey waves and so many feels. If you don’t know what that means then let’s just say fans of Flume, Wave Racer and Cashmere Cat will be ALL OVER THIS. Grab it below for FREE and support these young guns!

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When Sam Smith sings, the ladies swoon, and the homies catch some feels. Mix in Berlin’s Fabich & Ferdinand Weber‘s production alias, JUUN, and the recipe is a feel good anthem to quench the summer thirst. This is the first sound to surface for the new duo that is sure to take the airwaves by storm as their catalogue develops. Collaborating with the UK Songbird for their first run at it speaks leagues to their production chops and only time will tell what the industry has in store for these two. For now, have a listen, throw ‘em a follow, and let their story unravel.

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It’s going to be a long HARD Summer this year if Gary Richards and Co.’s new lineup trailer is any indication of the debauchery that will ensue come August 2 & 3. With Jack U (Skrillex + Diplo) as the main characters, the scene is set as the super duo set out to find their “schtick” with the help of Grandma Skrillex. It’s soon discovered that anything on top of your head goes as a motley crew of DJ’s assemble, including Richards, Justin Martin, and Kill The Noise. Everything turns sour, though, as Dillon Francis realizes his pals Diplo and Skrillex have stolen his Strawberry concept and only A-Trak can console… Peep the full video below and take a gander at a lineup that just about scratches any possible Electronic Music itch you might have. Continue Reading

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Philadelphia duo, Louis Futon, have been nearly breaking the internet with their recent string of remixes, racking up hundreds of thousands of plays for their freshly revamped takes on topical hip hop jawns. Their most recent endeavor is a summery rework of Logic’s “Break It Down,” juxtaposing shimmering synth leads with a deep, bulbous bassline for a laid-back, feel-good anthem. The guys have made it available for free via Facebook before they announce details on their new EP, so grab the DL and keep an eye on Soundcloud for more info! √+

The Babe Report: Desert Discoveries for WKND 2

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(Welcome back to another killer guest post from none other than Babe in Residence, Miss Victoria Geil herself)

WE 3 BABES made it back alive to Los Angeles out of the desert.  We survived a sandstorm, several marriage proposals, and midnight hikes out of the venue.  We had a marvelous time, so marvelous that I’m finding myself tempted to reappear for Weekend 2 ;D

PRO TIPS must haves: tissue, hand sanitizer, SPF and a scarf (to sit on the ground with and also to cover your face for the dusty walk home).  Leave your headdresses and light toys at home.  Get your kicks painted at the Lacoste party.  Dress comfortably.  HYDRATE.  Put away your phone to save battery – you can’t even refresh your instagram anyway.
If you suffer from FOMO anxiety, just know that there is at least 21 other epic things happening ALL AT THE SAME TIME and there’s nothing you can do about it except to enjoy yourself.  Just know what scene you’re going for – fashion, business, celebrities,  partying, pool hopping, or you know, for the music.  But don’t fret, wherever you go the people watching is guaranteed to be fascinating, the new friends will be fun and you’ll have a ball!
Here’s what I enjoyed (musically) the most from weekend 1…

By now you’ve already seen a ton of “DOs & DON’Ts” articles regarding Coachella.  We’re not here to tell you what to do at Coachella.  You know how to party hard without going overboard, so what more do you need to know?  I mean, we do know of one SUPER STEALTH area with a clean indoor bathroom & easy access bar that isn’t VIP…but we ain’t tellin’ where it is.  That one is best to find all on its own.

What we can tell you are things like don’t fret over the Yuma Tent lines.  They might be long at times but they go fast.  The Yuma Tent is twice as big this year and twice as glorious.  Hot Since 82, The Magician, Tiga, Cajmere, Laurent Garnier, BicepYuma Tent delivers all weekend long, so jump in line – it won’t take long.  Also, don’t sleep on the Heineken House: Chela, Human Life (w/Anabel Englund), Anna Lunoe, Flight Facilities & Classixx will all be performing.  Same goes for the Do Lab – there’s plenty to see there like The French Express crew (sans Jonas Rathsman) plus acts like Sweater Beats, Kidnap Kid & many others.  And most of all, GO SEE OUTKAST.  Don’t listen to what people said about them in Weekend 1.  I was there.  Sure the energy level could have been a little higher (from the performers AND the crowd).  And sure their special guests were a bit lackluster.  It didn’t matter.  They still sounded great & the set list was amazing.  I imagine they’ll make a few minor tweaks and be even better in Weekend 2.

OK, here are FIVE BUZZY TUNES that set the desert on fire last weekend & are sure to get you going Weekend 2.  GO FORTH, 2ND WEEKENDERS!

Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)

The Gobi Tent could barely contain massive crowd for Flume & once this song played, the tent exploded.

AlunaGeorge – This Is How We Do It

Miss Aluna Francis is a superstar in the making.  She brought some serious desert swervin’ to the Gobi Tent with this one.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)

Maceo Plex played the biggest, baddest Yuma Tent set of the weekend & this track drew countless oohs & ahhs.  Cue the air blasters!

Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

Excitement levels were high for this track going into Coachella, so who better to drop this bomb on the Yuma Tent than The Magician himself.  The bearded man in the tux played a ballsier set than most expected.  It was non-stop magic.

Oliver Heldens – Gecko

There was a Gecko loose in the Yuma Tent during The Magician’s set & it went WILD.  Just ask our very own BONES.


aRod

BBoys x Cyclist

“OH MY GOD THAT’S THE FUNKY SHIT”

It’s not an easy task to take one of the baddest, grittiest, funkiest Beastie Boys tracks of all time & turn it into a balls out/tits out Disco classic.  But, with a bassline that the late, great Mr. Adam Yauch would’ve been proud of, that’s exactly what Cyclist has done with the classic Beastie Boys track “Root Down”.

Never let you down with the stereo sound
Cyclist get on the mix & TURN IT OUT

aRod